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CUPE-National must address blatant discrimination by its Ontario affiliate,’ says B’nai Brith Canada

Source: B'nai Brith Canada, January 6, 2009

TORONTO, January 6, 2009 – B’nai Brith Canada has called on CUPE-National to come forward to distance itself from the proposed resolution by its CUPE-Ontario affiliate that seeks to ban Israeli academics from “doing speaking, teaching or research work at Ontario universities”. The Jewish human rights group has urged CUPE-National to undertake a wide-scale operational review of CUPE–Ontario practices in light of its persistent advancement of a vehemently anti-Israel agenda.

“This blatant and openly discriminatory resolution by CUPE-Ontario against Israeli nationals is in contravention of Canadian human rights law,” said Frank Dimant, B’nai Brith Canada’s Executive Vice President. “Public unions should not be used as breeding grounds for negatively singling out one group of people and denying them their basic rights and freedoms.

“CUPE-Ontario has betrayed a pattern of agitating against Israel that must be addressed at the national level by its parent body. We urge CUPE-National to take steps to immediately distance itself from this biased and discriminatory resolution and to undertake a wider review of CUPE-Ontario’s operational practices that have systematically tried to delegitimize the Jewish State and its right to self-defence.”


For more information, please contact, Karen Lazar, National Director of Communications:
416-633-6224 X 140 / cell: 416-312-9173

B’nai Brith Canada has been active in Canada since 1875 as the Jewish community’s foremost human rights agency

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